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Gibson County

Gibson County is named for John H Gibson, who was a soldier of the Natchez Expedition and the Creek War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Obion County and Weakley County

E – Weakley County and Carroll County

S – Madison County and Crockett County 

W – Crockett County and Dyer County

Created:  October 21, 1823                    Map of Tennessee highlighting Gibson County

County Seat: 

Trenton  1823 – present

 

County Courthouse – Trenton 

 

Location:  1 Court Square / Eaton Street

Built:  1899 – 1901

Style:  High Victorian

Architect:  Walter Chamberlin and Company of Knoxville

Contractor:  T R Biggs & Son of Trenton

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff and red colored brick structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on the landscaped grounds of Court Square in the center of Trenton. The south front has a porch on the first story with balcony on the second story with decorated balustrade and rising to a third story section above the roof line. Each corner of the building has a square tower with steep red colored roof. Granite gray colored stone is used for the belt course. On the center of the sloped roof is a cupola with red colored dome and clock. In the interior, the center hall plan is designed with three identical entrances. There are wide hallways, metal stairs and red, white and yellow colored tiles. The first story courtroom and the former courtroom on the second story have been converted into offices. 

 

See:   Walter Chamberlain of Knoxville, Tennessee used a similar design for the courthouses at Berrien County, Georgia and Macon County, Georgia.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Gibson County Courthouse

 

County Chancery Court Building – Trenton 

 

 

Location:  295 North College Avenue / West Central Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a one story yellow and red colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located in the center of Trenton on the north side of the courthouse. The building houses the County Chancery Court of the 28th Judicial District.

 

Note:  The County Chancery Court also sits in Humboldt at the City Hall at 1421 Osborne Street / North Central Avenue

 

 

County Justice Building – Trenton 

 

 

Location:  295 North College Avenue / West Central Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces east and is one story yellow and red colored brick and concrete structureThe long rectangular shaped building is located in the center of Trenton on the north side of the courthouse and the Chancery Court Building. Along the east front are three entrances with green colored canopies. The roof lone is flat. At the south end is the Circuit Court and at the north end the General Sessions Court. The building houses the County Circuit Court and County General Sessions Court of the 28th Judicial District. 

 

See:  The 28th Judicial District includes Crockett County and Haywood County.

 

History: The county was created in 1823 and Trenton was selected as the county seat. The first court met at the home of Luke Biss and at the home of William C Love. The first courthouse was a log structure built in 1824. The second courthouse was brick building built in 1829. The third courthouse was also a brick building constructed in 1839 and was demolished for the erection of the fourth and present courthouse in 1899. Hugger and Winston were hired as the contractors but abandoned the project.

 

 

County Courthouse – Trenton 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Chancery Court Building – Trenton

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Justice Building – Trenton 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2011 and 2018